The Troubles of Touki Toussaint remain an ongoing saga.
Tonight was simply a microcosm of his young career so far. One inning full of intrigue followed by another full of infuriating results. Yes, Toussaint seems to have taken a step forward at times this year with the effectiveness of his stuff. However, his control remains wildly inconsistent, to the point that once again where his role with the Braves is uncertain.
After their 5-4 series opening loss to the Rockies, the other thing that remains uncertain for the Braves is who will man this rotation spot moving forward. It is next due to be filled on Sunday, in a critical game to close out the series against the Giants on the road. While Toussaint has proven hard to trust, Drew Smyly has not fared any better, and he has not appeared in a game since September 8th. It will be interesting to see how the Braves handle this rotation spot for the rest of the season.
A bright spot from tonight’s game was Adam Duvall producing his 35th home run and 101st RBI on the season. There is a good chance Duvall could become just the 7th player in MLB history to hit 35+ Home Runs and register 100+ RBIS while generating an OPS under .800 in a single season by the end of the year.
- Though the Braves lost, there were some encouraging moments to build off of for the rest of the series. Dansby Swanson delivered an RBI extra base hit in the midst of his recent slump. Jacob Webb, Richard Rodriguez, and Sean Newcomb all looked very good in their relief outings as well.
- Tuesday brought some positive news outside of Truist Park for the Braves’ bullpen. Closer Will Smith was officially announced as the Braves’ 2021 nominee for MLB’s annual Roberto Clemente Award. Smith is one of 30 players, one from each team, who will be eligible to win one of the most prestigious awards in baseball.
- Right-handed reliever Chris Martin began a rehab assignment with Gwinnett on Tuesday evening. Martin was placed on the IL early in September, but it seems he has responded well to rest and treatment. Though he certainly has struggled for much of the season, perhaps Martin can be effective once again if healthy.
- Though the Atlanta’s bullpen had a good day, the news was less encouraging regarding Stephen Vogt:
Brian Snitker said that he has doubts whether catcher Stephen Vogt will be able to return this season.— Kris Willis (@Kris_Willis) September 14, 2021
Vogt is still with the club and is helping out in game planning
Though Vogt being out for the rest of the season is not official, it does seem like there is a good chance that will be the outcome. If so, William Contreras could certainly find himself in a few big spots as the season progresses for the Braves.
- Though the Braves lost a game they likely should of one, the good news is that the Phillies lost to the Cubs and the Mets were beat by the Cardinals in extra innings. Each day that passes without Atlanta’s division lead shrinking is a victory within itself.
- Ryan Braun announced his official retirement from baseball on Tuesday. Braun has not played this year, and decided the time was right to move on from the game for good. Braun spent his entire 14 year career with the Milwaukee Brewers.
- In what could be a playoff preview, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays to become the AL’s first 90-win team. Though the Rays may currently be the best team in the American League, the Blue Jays have been playing like the best team in baseball over the past several days. This series will be a lot of fun to watch over the next few days.
- The Kansas City Royals are beginning to make plans for life after Kauffman Stadium. The franchise announced on Tuesday that it is beginning to look at options for a future stadium in downtown Kansas City.